The new Lexus IS will not have an F-versionNovember 2, 2019
Lexus IS sedan will not be able to fight with German competitors
The new generation Lexus IS will no longer have a “charged” version of the F to fight the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C 43 and Audi S4.
As the head of the Lexus brand in Australia Scott Thompson told Motoring, the company has no plans to release the IS F modification for the next-generation sedan: there is no “charged” version even in the plans. Thomson did not explain why it was categorically decided to refuse the F-version, but hinted that the reason most likely was the low demand for the IS F model and the lack of interest among potential buyers for whom powerful German sedans like the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C 43 and Audi S4 seem more attractive.
The new generation Lexus IS will debut in the second half of 2020. The model will be built on the TGNA modular platform and will drop at least one and a half centners of curb weight compared to the current generation sedan. The car will receive four-cylinder engines with a volume of 2.0 and 2.4 liters, as well as a hybrid power plant based on a 2.5-liter engine. According to rumors, the IS F modification was supposed to be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 biturbo engine and a ten-speed automatic from the LS 500 flagship sedan.
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